Cong demands high-level probe into Islamnagar police firing

A day after one person was killed and several others injured as police fired at anti-demolition protesters in Islamnagar, the Congress demanded a high-level probe into the incident.

Last Updated: Apr 06, 2011, 18:31 PM IST

Ranchi: A day after one person was
killed and several others injured as police fired at
anti-demolition protesters in Islamnagar, the Congress on Wednesday
demanded a high-level probe into the incident and termed the
arrest of Union Minister Subodh Kant Sahay during the protest
`a conspiracy`.

"There should be a high-level probe into the police
firing that killed a person yesterday...The father of the
deceased said had his son not come in the way the bullet would
have hit Union Minister Subodh Kant Sahay," AICC Spokesman,
Shakeel Ahmed told a news conference here.

"I would say it was a conspiracy against the Union
minister who as an MP of the constituency had gone to the area
to express his solidarity with people in distress," the
party`s in-charge of Jharkhand affairs said.

Ahmed said he had asked JPCC President Pradeep Kumar
Balmachu to head a delegation to Raj Bhavan to urge the
governor to get a detailed report of the incident.

"We`ll also request the governor to send the report to
the Centre recommending strong action against the government,"
he said.

Terming the incident unfortunate and inhuman, he
demanded stringent action against the guilty policemen and
those who had directed them to open fire. Ahmed wondered why the administration did not approach
the Supreme Court against the High court`s order for
demolition of structures in the encroached land.

"It`s insensitive and inhuman on the part of the
government to evict people without serving any notice to them.
The settlers have been living in the areas for decades... Even
families at Nagababa Khatal were displaced despite living
there for 80 years," he said.

As per the High court order, the administration has
been carrying out demolition of illegal structures on
government land in different places of Ranchi, Bokaro,
Jamshedpur and Dhanbad.

PTI